Online Principal Licensure Preparation Program

When you decide to become a principal, you take the next step toward becoming an effective leader who can make a difference in your school. The University of Dayton online Principal Licensure Preparation Program is designed for professionals looking to become principals in Ohio, who have already earned a master’s degree and hold a valid teaching licenseA principal must have two years of successful teaching experience under a standard or professional teaching license or professional pupil personnel services license.

Attending a principal preparation program online allows you to continue working as you gain the teaching experience required to obtain licensure. You can expect small classes and high-touch interaction with faculty who are highly experienced professionals in the field, including superintendents and principals with decades of expertise. After completing the program, you will be prepared to sit for the principal licensure exam and become a principal in public, private and community schools. If interested in becoming a principal in a different state, you will need to research the requirements in the state you wish to practice prior to enrolling in this program. GRE scores are not required for admission into the program.

If you are interested in becoming a principal but have not yet earned your master’s degree, learn more about our online Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure program.


Housed in the School of Education and Health Sciences, the online Principal Licensure Preparation Program takes a holistic approach toward shaping principals who will understand all aspects of leadership and what it takes to run a school. The Ohio Department of Higher Education has verified that the coursework constitutes an approved preparation program for obtaining a principal license.

The program consists of 18 credits and can be completed in less than 12 months. You will participate in the following courses: 

  • Principalship
  • Assessment and Instruction for School Improvement
  • Staff Personnel
  • School Law
  • School Finance
  • Internship

Obtaining Principal Licensure

The Principal Licensure Preparation program fulfills the academic eligibility requirements to sit for the licensure exam in Ohio. It does not guarantee licensure in your state as certification requirements vary from state to state. Students are strongly encouraged to research the licensure requirements in the state in which they intend to practice.

Take the Next Step

The final deadline for the January 2025 cohort is November 4, 2024.

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